BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has been confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. A final vote to confirm him was held Monday night, with 68 Senators voting to confirm Walsh, and 29 voting against.
Walsh is the last of President Biden's Cabinet secretaries to get confirmed. He has been Mayor of Boston since 2014, and served as a representative in the Massachusetts House for 17 years before becoming mayor.
President Biden has long been friendly with Walsh — the then-Vice President presided over Walsh's second inauguration ceremony.
Walsh is expected to resign, clearing the way for Boston City Council President Kim Janey to become Acting Mayor — Janey will be the first woman and first Black person to ever serve as the city's mayor.
Walsh gave his congratulations to Janey over Twitter before his confirmation vote, saying "Congratulations on making history...I know you are going to continue serving our city and supporting an equitable recovery from COVID19. I am always here for you, my friend."
During his farewell address, Walsh said he would hand in his letter of resignation on Monday night, and that Janey would become Acting Mayor just after 9:00 PM Monday. He said he wouldn't be endorsing anyone in the upcoming election for his seat — but Walsh didn't rule out running for elected office after serving as Labor Secretary.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) has more on what Acting Mayor Janey will mean to the city: